June 7, 2010

Turned out to be a BIG party weekend for this girl.  Felt like I was back in my early 20’s, not 1 month away from the big 3-0!  Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I went out for both Friday AND Saturday (Does that mean I’m getting old or just pitiful?).  I guess this was long overdue.

The fun began on Friday night when I ended up back at Redbox singing Karaoke for the second straight Friday in a row!  A new tradition perhaps?  I could definitely handle that.  Too bad I’d have to drug Nick to get him to go there.  Oh yeah, did I mention I flew solo both nights?  I felt like a single girl again (that fiercely independent one that I used to be).  It was all good.  I managed to rock the mic again, performing a perfectly selected mix of show tunes and 80’s hits.

The highlight of the night for me was dueting with one of my favorite gal-pals, K.  We took the house down with our rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.  Sadly, it was her last weekend in Manila so we won’t be singing together again for quite some time.  In the foreign service we never say goodbye for good though, because we always assume that we’ll be thrown together again!

K and her husband B managed to draw quite a crowd for their going-away bash, so we were able to get the mega-party room at Redbox, complete with a pool table!  Seriously, this concept needs to come to the US.  Karaoke at the VFW is so 90’s.  Anyone want to be my angel investor and bring this to MN?  :)

And that was just Friday night!  Saturday involved a glam girls night out with dinner and a showing of Sex and the City 2 (hereafter referred to as SATC2).  Now, I cannot be considered an avid fan of the show, but I love a good excuse to gather with the girls.  In fact, I wasn’t so hot on the movie.  But oh did we have a good time though!  I wore way more make-up than my husband likes, pulled out an old bar-going top and found a little shimmer.  In staying true to the movie, we knocked back a healthy number of Cosmos and even had a contest to see who could pull off the highest heels (I was never going to with that one!)

Check out these monster heels!  If I would have attempted these, I would have ended up back at Makati Med with a broken ankle.  I’ll leave it to the pros, thank you very much!

I can’t tell you how thankful I am that we have such a robust, welcoming expat community here.  It has never been easier to make friends (shocking considering that I came from MN)!  The groups that have embraced me have modeled the most wonderful example of hospitality, something I know that I will carry with me for the rest of my Expat life, especially when I’m a ‘Veteran Expat’ down the road.  Cheers to Global Friendships that know no physical boundaries!

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